ELLE’s “Women in Hollywood” Issue

Posted on October 10, 2018

ELLE is unveiling its November Women in Hollywood issue – celebrating 25 years of Women in Hollywood.

 

The Female Cast of Black Panther: Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira

Angela Bassett on the impact of Black Panther: “We all felt the anticipation but had no idea how it would mushroom, or that it would be so global and smash whatever preconceived notions we’ve heard for decades—that stories like this about these people won’t travel as well or won’t generate financially on such a huge scale.”

Lupita Nyong’o on relating to her character, Nakia: “Nakia was a departure from the character you see in the comic books. She is an independent woman and a bit of a rebel but also a loyalist to her country. I am also someone who depends on my family and friends and feels a connection to my people, and maybe has a sense of responsibility to make them proud. So I really related to that balancing act within oneself.”

Danai Gurira on Wakanda as a society: “[It] was celebratory of everyone equally [regardless of gender]. You see that in my character. She’s able to excel.”

 

 

Charlize Theron

On Hollywood’s double standard for box-office flops: “[Women] have to work so much harder to come back from a failure. It’s not so dependent on the star when it’s a male. It’s more, ‘Well, maybe the movie didn’t work.’ With females, it’s like, ‘The movie didn’t work because of her.’ That needs to change. Financiers are more willing to finance a male star. I just wonder what beautiful storytelling we have missed out on because [people] were too scared to take a chance on a woman.”

On raising daughters: “I look at my two beautiful girls, and I have the worries that every other mother has. I want them to be safe and able to live their full potential. Whenever that feels threatened, I go a little psycho. I will kill for them. That’s gonna be used as evidence one day in court!”

 

 

Shonda Rhimes

On her goal when she started writing TV shows: “When I started writing TV shows, I wanted to represent everybody, because it should look like the real world. It should feel normal when you turn on the television and see people who look like you.”

On her deal with Netflix: “I keep hearing about how I got lured away, as if somebody wagged a piece of candy in front of me. But really, it was me deciding I had a vision, and [Netflix’s chief content officer] Ted Sarandos shared that vision. I wanted to be able to decide what kind of shows we were going to make and how we were going to make them.”

 

 

Lady Gaga

On the price of stardom: “Success tests relationships. It tests families. It tests your dynamic with your friends. There is a price to stardom. But, I can’t make music or act without using and accessing the pain that I have in my heart. I mean, what better place to put it? Otherwise, it’s of no good use.”

On drawing on her own insecurities as an actress to portray an unknown singer: I will never forget the first scene we did together in this Mexican restaurant. Bradley got some tacos and brought them to the table. Then he said something to me, but it wasn’t what was in the script, and I didn’t know what to do, so I just said my line. Then he said something else, and I didn’t know what to do because I thought I was just supposed to be saying what was on the page. So I just said another line—the next line. Seeing that I wasn’t going off-script, he said, ‘Are you okay?,’ and I just started to cry.”

 

 

Mia Farrow

On Woody Allen: “I reached a place many years ago where I just don’t care about him.”

On her daughter Dylan Farrow’s open letter in the New York Times about Woody Allen and her son Ronan Farrow’s Hollywood Reporter column supporting his sister: “Both of them wrote their pieces without telling me. Because for me, it’s the sleeping dog that you don’t want to rouse. But I also understand and deeply respect when my daughter decided she needed to do this.”

 

 

Sarah Paulson

On balancing her personal and professional life: “I don’t have children; I’m not married. But I have a lot of intimate relationships—my nieces and nephews, and a wonderful circle of friends. I don’t see them enough. This idea that you can have it all is another thing to be challenged. Somebody once said to me, ‘You can have anything you want, but you can’t have everything.’ You can’t be awake and asleep, or here and also at home. You have to make choices. But I’ve gotta strike while the iron’s hot. Right now, people are calling. They may stop really soon. So I want to make hay while the sun shines. That’s a lot of things I just did there…iron, hay. But you know, the window is open. I’m just trying to muscle it open as long as I can and get it as wide as possible.”

On ageism in Hollywood: “Interest in me sparked when I was in my very late thirties. I have absolute terror and fear that someone’s gonna go, ‘You turned 45. Bye-bye.’ I hope I don’t get told to go back to bed. I have a lot more to do and say. But there’s this notion that women fall apart after 45. It’s been perpetuated by Hollywood by not putting the stories of women over certain ages front and center. They’re dictating what they think is interesting, and we are consuming it and deciding that what they’re telling us is true.”

 

 

Yara Shahidi

On whether she’s seen a tangible change in the last year: “I do see a tangible change, or at least, I feel we’re on the precipice of one. There’s a correlation between [these] movements and the fact that there are more women behind the camera, in production, creating film.”

On the issues she is most passionate about: “All of them! Immigration, gun control. There’s been a lack of humanity, especially in the policies that alienate minorities, whether it be a person of color, an immigrant, or someone differently abled. The list goes on and on.”

 

 

Keira Knightley

On asking about her pay in relation to her male costars: “It didn’t even occur to me. It felt like something you couldn’t question. But I do ask now, and I can safely say that in my last two films, I have not made less than the men I’ve been working with.”

On becoming famous as a young woman: “The double standards that women face are so extreme, particularly at that age. Men are meant to be getting drunk and falling out of clubs. Then [people] go, “Yeah, you’re cool!” But if I’d been seen as a party girl, it could’ve been the end of my career. We also live in a society that gives unbelievably difficult messages to young women. You’re meant to be thin, but not that thin. You’re supposed to go out and have sex, then people say, “No, you’re a slut.” You’re always too much of something.”

 

 

 

 

 

Photo/Style Credits:
Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira – Photographer: Katja Rahlwes – Stylist: Anna Trevelyan
Charlize Theron Photographer – Zoey Grossman – Stylist: Leslie Fremar
Shonda Rhimes Photographer – Zoey Grossman – Stylist: Alison Edmond
Lady Gaga Photographer: Ruth Hogben and Andrea Gelardin – Stylist: Nicola Formichetti, Tom Eerebout, and Sandra Amador
Mia Farrow Photographer: Sebastian Kim – Stylist: Charles Varenne
Sarah Paulson Photographer:  Zoey Grossman – Stylist: Leslie Fremar
Yara Shahidi – Photographer:  Alex Franco – Stylist: Gillian Wilkins
Keira Knightley – Photographer: David Bailey – Stylist: Leith Clark

 

The November issue of ELLE hits newsstands October 23.

[Photo Credit: ELLE Magazine]

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